Hello and welcome to my moth Blog. I now reside in a small village in East Cambridgeshire called Fordham. My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
Moth records are vital for building a picture of our ecosystem around us, as they really are the bottom of the food chain. They are an excellent early indicator of how healthy a habitat is. I openly encourage people to share their findings via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
So why do we do it? well for some people it is to get an insight into the world of Moths, for others it is to build a list of species much like 'Twitching' in the Bird world. The reason I do it....you just never know what you might find when you open up that trap! I hope to show what different species inhabit Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
I run a trap regularly in my garden and also enjoy doing field trips to various localities over several different counties.
Please also check out the links in the sidebar to the right for other people's Blogs and informative Websites.
Thanks for looking and happy Mothing!


NFY = New Species For The Year
NFG = New Species For The Garden
NEW! = New Species For My Records

Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

If you have any questions or enquiries then please feel free to email me
Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Monday 27 May 2019

Bramfield Park Woods by day and night - 23/05/19

Bramfield sweeping sessions are still doing the business during the daytime and at dusk, as well as good catches during the small hours. 
Thursday's trip was no different with another large selection of moths recorded to all of our traps.

We decided this time to focus on the South-West portion of Bramfield Woods, Bramfield Park Woods is a slightly different habitat with less mature trees, but with a damper woodland emphasis and many different species of grasses, with a large area of Wild Raspberry, Brambles and also Dog Rose in profusion.

The day had been very warm with highs of 23 degrees and dominant muggy cloud cover, which thinned out as we approached dusk, we really have been unlucky so far this year with the amount of cooler clear skies we've had to endure. 2 hours in, the sky was completely clear.

The daytime finds rewarded me personally with two new species of UK Moth.

Both Glyphipterix fuscoviridella and Roeslerstammia erxlebella were found tapping Bramble and Wild Rose, incredible as you just never know what might turn up.

The night trapping fared rather well, but it was a little slow at times with numbers of moths, but we did rack up a considerable species list for the end of May, and nearly knocking on the 100 species mark!

55 Macro and 37 Micro species recorded.

There are still a few species pending, including two interesting tiny Ectoedemia species (TBC)
Total : 92 species

An incredible  43 species were added to the site list which now stands at 204 species for 2019.

Catch Report - 23/05/19 - Hertfordshire - 1x 250w Clear MV Robinson Trap, 2x 125w MV Robinson Trap, 1x twin 20w Wemite Actinic & 40w Actinic Trap & 1x 160w Mercury Blended Robinson Trap - 5 traps in total + 4 extra traps provided by Trevor and Bill

Macro Moths

Angle Shades
Brimstone Moth
Broken-barred Carpet 
Brown Silver-line
Buff tip
Clouded-bordered Brindle
Common Carpet
Common Marbled Carpet
Common Swift 
Common Wave
Coxcomb Prominent 
Cream Wave 
Dwarf Pug 
Flame Shoulder
Foxglove Pug
Green Carpet 
Green Silver-lines
Ingrailed Clay
Iron Prominent
Large Twin-spot Carpet
Latticed Heath
Least Black Arches
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Light Emerald
Lime Hawk-moth
Maiden's Blush
Mottled Pug
Nut-tree Tussock
Oak Hook-tip 
Orange Footman
Pale Oak Beauty
Pale Prominent
Pale Tussock
Peacock Moth 
Pebble Hook-tip
Pebble Prominent
Poplar Hawk-moth
Poplar Lutestring
Red-green Carpet
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Rustic Shoulder-knot 
Scorched Wing  
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Silver-ground Carpet
Small Phoenix 
Small White Wave
Spruce Carpet
Tawny-barred Angle 
Turnip Moth 
Yellow-barred Brindle
White Ermine

Micro Moths

Agonopterix heracliana sp
Ancylis mitterbacheriana
Bucculatrix ulmella
Caloptilia alchimiella
Capua vulgana
Carpatolechia proximella
Celypha lacunana
Cochylis atricapitana
Cochylis nana 
Coleophora sp
Coptoptriche marginea
Ectoedemia sp x2 (TBC)
Epinotia nanana
Epinotia subocellana 
Epinotia tetraquetrana
Eulia ministrana
Glyphipterix forsterella 
Incurvaria masculella
Incurvaria oehmanniella
Nematopogon swammerdamella
Nematopogon schwarziellus
Monopis weaverella
Nemophora deegerella
Notocelia cynosbatella
Notocelia trimaculana
Ocnerostoma sp 
Pammene argyrana
Parornix sp 
Plutella xylostella
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Scrobipalpa costella
Scoparia pyralella
Swammerdamia caesiella 
Syndemis musculana
Teleoides luculella
Tinea trinotella


Macro Moths 

Common Carpet
Cream Wave
Mother Shipton
Small White Wave
Speckled Yellow

Micro Moths 

Adela reamurella
Alabonia geoffrella
Cauchas rufimitrella
Crambus lathoniellus
Glyphipterix forsterella
Glyphipterix fuscoviridella
Glyphipterix simpliciella
Micropterix calthella
Micropterix aruncella
Parornix sp
Ptycholoma lecheana
Roeslerstammia erxlebella
Syndemis musculana
Broken-barred Carpet

Carpatolechia proximella

Ectoedemia sp

Cochylis nana

Ectoedemia sp

Epinotia nanana

Epinotia subocellana

Glyphipterix forsterella

Glyphipterix fuscoviridella

Micropterix aruncella

Roeslerstammia erxlebella

Swammerdamia caesiella

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